I am sure that many of you that are reading this go to Church on Sunday. It is part of your weekly regiment. You wear that stripe with pride. Too many people like to pat themselves on their back for going to Church on Sunday. Do I think that it is a bad thing that you go to Church? Absolutely not. I try to attend Church every Sunday in between children being sick and everything that life throws at me. However, I do not rate my spiritual accomplishments on the number of Church services that I attend.
More often than not Christians judge someone's spiritual walk by whether or not they go to Church on Sunday. That shallow thinking is precisely what draws crowds away from Church. A church is not the threshold for measurement of one's spiritual growth. Instead, Church is dwelling place for believers to gather and grow in the Lord. Corporate Churches have commercialized the purpose and function of a traditional Church. Instead of focusing on bringing people to the Lord, a corporate Church focuses on numbers and money.
God's purpose for the Church is to bring believers together to worship him. Through that worship, we support and fellowship with other believers. Encouragement, accountability, and learning are some of the many reasons why you should go to Church.
Going to Church on Sunday does not mean you are going to Heaven.
John 14:6 NASB Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Some of you are probably thinking that I am nuts for saying that you will not go to Heaven by merely going to Church on Sunday. I hate to break it to you, but the Bible is pretty clear on this topic. If you do not read your Bible, you will never know what it says. The Bible is God's inherent word spoken through humans. You can get your worship on during a Sunday Church service, but it isn't going to get you to heaven. You can show up early on Sunday to camp out at the cafe and sip your coffee. But, it is not going to get you into Heaven either. All of your Sunday rituals are in vain if you do not put your trust in Christ.
It doesn't surprise me, but some people that criticize others for not attending Church on Sunday don't have a relationship with Christ. Instead of fulfilling Christ's desire for their life, these individuals focus on devaluing other's spiritual walks with Christ.
Not all Christians go to Church on Sunday. Not all Church attendees on Sunday are going to get into Heaven. Do you see my point? Don't focus on why others are not going to Church. Focus on your relationship with Christ and leading others down the same path as well.